Dang it, what is up with the refusal to post links?.........sighs
Silent War, from ranchrescue.com
We live in Duval county, 48 miles from the Mexican border and 4 miles from the Webb County line. My husband and I live on a ranch, just across the road from the railroad tracks, on a major highway in Texas. It's a major highway both for vehicles and for illegal aliens.
My husband is a law enforcement officer, therefore he had to attend a TECLOSE training course one night. My in-laws were visiting and we were outside putting up new gates to compliment the barbed-wire topped fence that surrounds our house. Due to the number of illegal aliens jumping over it, it had dropped into disrepair. We spent our time outside talking, laughing, and generally being a ranching family, enjoying our life out here, discussing cattle, the weather, and all the little things that every rancher understands.
My in-laws bid their farewells and left my husband and I alone as the sun was beginning to dip and twilight was getting close. My husband, complete with uniform and gun, left to attend his course and left me alone to enjoy the twilight hours on our peaceful ranch. Soon that peace was to be shattered completely.
The day had been hot and humid and I decided to go inside and have a lay down. I left the front door open but the screen door latched. I had just laid down when I heard the sound of our screen door being forced opened. My heart froze in my chest. I lay there listening to the intruder ransack our home. To be honest, I was frozen in terror. When I heard the screen door slam shut, I decided to investigate.
I grabbed our .22 rifle and went outside. There stood an Illegal alien holding a bag of things he had stolen from our home, and he was now stealing fruit from the tree just outside our front door. I raised my weapon up. He looked at me with a cold stare and gruffly told me "Hey lady, I just wanted water". I pointed at the bag he was carrying and said "That's NOT water". He just stared back at me with dark eyes.
Then I saw movement out of the corner of my eye.....THERE WERE MORE OF THEM !!
They were sitting just outside our house fence. I knew I was in a very dangerous situation and that I was now way outnumbered, alone in the middle of nowhere. I decided that I was in no position to safely detain them, so I raised my weapon up higher and ordered them off my land, then went back inside to call for help.
I dialed 911 and guess what? No response. I called again, and again no one answered. So I then called the closest Sheriffs Department, in nearby Jim Hogg County. I begged the man for help, as I was in my home, still looking at the men who had just ransacked it: THEY HADN'T LEFT. They were standing outside, looking in at me. The man on the other end of the phone said that since I lived in Duval County, I would have to call the Duval County Sheriffs Office. I explained that the Duval County Sheriffs Office was over 30 miles away and I needed help NOW. I was in deep trouble.
He declined to help me but said, "Well, I guess I can call the Border Patrol". I screamed "YES!!! Get me help now !!!"
Well, the Border Patrol finally showed up over 20 minutes after the illegals had left. I was later informed by the Border Patrol Agents that they had been told only that I had "seen" illegals and that they had not hurried to get to my home, as they had not been told that it was an emergency!
This is the short version of my story, and I have glossed over my terror, my shaking knees and my house in ruins. But I would like to highlight a couple of things:
No 911 system. No one answered.
Jim Hogg county Sheriff's Office refused to respond to my emergency. However, they regularly respond in Duval County to non-injury traffic accidents and go even further afield into Webb County on occasion. So it seems that they only respond when they feel like it.
The Border Patrol Agents, after looking at the tracks left by the criminals, told me something that chilled my bones: that this large group of illegals had been stalking my ranch house for about 2 hours before coming up to ransack my home. That meant that they had been watching us, waiting to strike. It also meant that they SAW that my husband was a cop and they didn't care. Just how dangerous does it have to get out here before our government takes notice and begins to care? How many of us have to DIE?
No, these trespassers and home invaders were NOT caught
These illegal aliens trespassed on my land and then made it worse by breaking into my home and stealing property, making this a FELONY offense. The Border Patrol does a good job, but this was a serious enough matter that I should have received help from my local law enforcement. I didn't get any help from the Jim Hogg County Sheriffs Office, so I'm very lucky to be living in Duval County. The Duval County Sheriffs Office filed a report as soon as I was able to reach them. They are a great bunch of officers! NOTE: you MUST file on trespassers ASAP so that the Border Patrol can hold the violators. If you don't, then the Border Patrol will just send them back to Mexico, with no charges filed.
Jim Hogg County Sheriffs Officers LAUGHED and JOKED about no one answering my 911 call. WHEN are people going to take this matter seriously? What if I didn't have a gun? What if I had stayed outside a bit longer and got jumped? RAPED? MURDERED? Thank goodness I don't know the answer to that question, but it is on my mind every day now.
This sort of thing happens EVERY DAY where I live. Living under this stress is both mentally and physically exhausting.
"So why do you stay?", I hear people ask. The answer is very simple: we LIVE here! We should be free to live our lives without having to fight a daily war with INVADERS from Mexico. Our government gives the illegals more rights than our citizens...This isn't right!
But we stay on, we love this land and our lives here . Why should we move? We will stay on and protect what is ours !!
As they say, "These colors don't run ! " and ranchers don't either !!! It takes a TOUGH breed to be a rancher and we will show just how tough we are by NOT moving, standing our ground, and continuing to fight this silent war.